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The Minnesota Timberwolves have signed guard Jonathan Stark. Per team policy, terms of the agreements were not released.

Stark, 23, played with the Timberwolves’ entry in the 2018 Las Vegas Summer League, averaging 8.2 points, 2.0 rebounds,1.8 assists and 17.0 minutes in five games. He played his college basketball at Tulane (2013-15) and Murray State (2016-18).

As a senior with the Racers, Stark was named Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) Player of the Year after averaging 21.4 points, 2.7 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.3 steals in 32 games. He was the 2018 Ohio Valley Conference Tournament MVP and was named First Team All-Ohio Valley Conference in 2017 and 2018.

Corey Kluber spread the credit for his first 20-win season, and admitted it's "a nice, round number."

Kluber struck out 11 in seven scoreless innings and won his 20th, and Brandon Guyer hit a go-ahead solo homer in the seventh inning as the Cleveland Indians shut out the Chicago White Sox 4-0 on Monday night.

Kluber (20-7) hit 20 victories for the first time after recording 18 wins in three of the four previous seasons. The reigning Cy Young award winner is the first 20-game winner for the Central Division champions since Cliff Lee went 22-3 in 2008, and the first Indians pitcher to win 20 games with 200 or more strikeouts since Gaylord Perry did it in 1974.

"Twenty wins is cool. It's a nice, round number, but as long as we won the game that's obviously the angle," Kluber said.

"It's a cool accomplishment, something to be proud of, but I think it just means I gave us a chance to win a lot of times. There's times when they probably picked me up and I got credited with a win. We're all pulling for each other to get to those numbers that mean something."

Kluber may have downplayed the significance of 20 wins, but his teammates and manager didn't.

"We were all nervous for him. He probably wasn't, but we were because it probably meant more to us than it did to him," Indians manager Terry Francona.

Cleveland is also the first team to have four pitchers with 200 strikeouts in a season. Kluber ran his total to 216, while Carlos Carrasco has 217, Trevor Bauer 215 and Mike Clevinger 202.

The Indians tied the Chicago Cubs for the major league lead with 17 shutouts.

Adam Rosales gave the Indians an insurance run with a home run off reliever Nate Jones to left for his first of the season in the ninth inning. Brandon Barnes and Edwin Encarnacion then added RBI singles. It was Rosales' first home run since Sept. 4, 2017, when he was with Arizona.

Indians relievers Andrew Miller and Cody Allen pitched a perfect eighth and ninth, respectively, and combined with Kluber to retire the final 17 batters.

Dylan Covey didn't allow a run over six innings. He scattered six hits and struck out seven with one walk in the no-decision. He has pitched 12 consecutive innings without allowing a run against Cleveland.

"Kind of a different lineup today than it was last time. Some of those guys hadn't seen me. But, yeah, definitely a big confident booster for me. I've known all year that I have had this stuff, just been trying to find that consistency with it," said Covey.

Covey was relieved by Ian Hamilton (0-2) after throwing 96 pitches over six innings. Guyer greeted Hamilton in the seventh by hitting his third pitch into the left-field seats for his seventh home run of the season.

The White Sox threatened in the second inning. They had runners on first and third with one out, but Kluber finished the inning by getting Tim Anderson and Jose Rondon swinging.

"He's a Cy Young-type pitcher. With guys like that, when you have certain opportunities, and you don't get many, you got to be able to get at least one point across and hopefully your guy is able to contain them on the offensive side," said White Sox manager Rick Renteria.

Kluber struck out the side in the third inning and then posted his seventh double-digit strikeout game of the season when he got Daniel Palka swinging to end the fifth.

"For the most part, I had pretty good command of my pitches. I don't think there was one that really stood out. It was just being able to throw all four pitches and mix them in the right spots and keep them off balance," Kluber said.

Kluber has struck out 10 or more batters in three of his last four starts and retired his final 11 batters.


The Boston Red Sox clinched home-field advantage through the postseason with a 6-2 win over the Baltimore Orioles on Monday night. That means Cleveland will open the Division Series at the AL West winner.


White Sox first round pick Nick Madrigal threw out the first pitch. Madrigal, who was selected fourth overall in the 2018 draft from Oregon State, may be on the fast track to join the White Sox. "It's kind of out of my control at this point. Whatever the organization needs me to do, but I can definitely see this being a home for me hopefully sometime soon," said Madrigal. He hit .303 with seven doubles and 16 RBIs between the Arizona League, Class-A Winston Salem and Class-A Kannapolis.


Indians: C Roberto Perez wasn't in the lineup after leaving Sunday night's win over Boston with a bruised right shoulder. Francona said there were no lingering concerns. "He could've stayed in the game if we needed him to."

White Sox: 1B Jose Abreu remains out with a right thigh injury. His status to return this season is uncertain. ... 2B Yoan Moncada had the night off.


Indians: Francona said RHP Trevor Bauer won't throw more than 60 to 65 pitches in Tuesday's scheduled start, his second after missing 35 games with a stress fracture in his lower right leg. Bauer's performance Tuesday, Francona added, will determine whether he starts Sunday's season finale at Kansas City.

White Sox: RHP James Shields (7-16) is scheduled to make his 33rd start of the season on Tuesday. He is 2-1 with a 3.86 ERA in his last five starts.

Cole Hamels gave the Chicago Cubs something to celebrate when he hit his second career home run.

They'll have to wait at least another day for a playoff party.

Jameson Taillon outpitched Hamels, Francisco Cervelli hit a two-run homer and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Cubs 5-1 victory on Monday night.

The Cubs needed a win plus a loss by Colorado to Philadelphia to assure a franchise-record fourth straight trip to the playoffs, a run that includes a drought-busting World Series championship in 2016. Instead, they lost for the third time in five games, and the Rockies defeated the Phillies 10-1.

Seeking its third straight NL Central championship, Chicago saw its lead over second-place Milwaukee shrink to 1½ games when the Brewers beat the Cardinals 6-4.

Hamels (4-2) had the fans and the dugout rocking when he connected leading off the third inning. But he lost his second straight start after going 4-0 in his first nine following a trade from Texas. The left-hander gave up three runs — two earned — and five hits in six innings.

"Anytime, I guess, you hit a home run it's pretty exciting," Hamels said. "It feels better when you win. You really have to give it to Taillon. He came after us and threw the ball really well. I just was able to get a pitch that I could hit in the count."

Hamels' drive to center on a 3-1 pitch sure was impressive, though.

"I think him and (Jon) Lester, mechanically, have really good swings," manager Joe Maddon said. "They have very good mechanics. And he timed it perfectly and got it all."

Taillon (14-9) gave up one run and five hits in seven innings, improving to 5-0 in his past seven starts. The right-hander has not allowed more than three earned runs in his past 21 outings.

"It's one of the best runs I've seen a starting pitcher have in my coaching experience," manager Clint Hurdle said. "He must be a master craftsman, he's making pitches, studying swings, in-game adjustments, following the catcher."

Cervelli hit a two-run homer in the first after missing the previous two games because of gastrointestinal discomfort. He also reached on an infield single in the sixth and scored on Jose Osuna's second double.

Pablo Reyes added an RBI single in the seventh against Steve Cishek and a solo homer in the ninth off Brian Duensing. A day after they were eliminated, the Pirates won for the seventh time in nine games.


Hamels' only other homer was in a home game for Philadelphia against San Francisco's Matt Cain on July 21, 2012. It was also the second homer by a Cubs pitcher this season. Lester connected against Minnesota on July 1.


Pirates: CF Starling Marte (left calf) was out of the lineup after leaving Pittsburgh's loss to Milwaukee on Sunday.

Cubs: 3B Kris Bryant was back in the lineup after being held out of Sunday's win over the crosstown White Sox because of fatigue in his left shoulder. The 2016 NL MVP was on the disabled list from July 26 to Sept. 1 with left shoulder inflammation and missed time earlier in the season because of the same issue. ... RHP Pedro Strop (strained left hamstring) played catch. The reliever hopes to pitch in a game prior to the playoffs after being sidelined since Sept. 13, when he was hurt running to first on a double-play grounder at Washington.


Pirates: RHP Chris Archer (5-8, 4.49 ERA), coming off a 2-1 win over Kansas City last week, has a 3.38 ERA in four starts this month after posting a 6.45 ERA in his first nine outings with Pittsburgh following a trade from Tampa Bay.

Cubs: LHP Mike Montgomery (5-5, 3.75) looks to win his second straight start after throwing six solid innings at Arizona last week. He has won all three career starts against the Pirates and is 3-0 with a 2.30 ERA in nine outings against them.

A chuckling Eric Thames said it felt so good he almost ripped third base out of the ground and hoisted it above his head.

A lot of that going around for Milwaukee these days.

Thames tripled and scored on reliever Bud Norris' throwing error in the eighth inning, and the Brewers improved their playoff positioning by topping the St. Louis Cardinals 6-4 on Monday night.

"You have to capitalize on errors and bad pitches, wild pitches and stuff like that," Thames said. "Tonight we did that."

Ryan Braun homered and Christian Yelich drove in two runs as Milwaukee won for the fourth time in five games. The Brewers (90-67) opened a three-game lead over St. Louis for the top spot in the wild-card standings and pulled within 1 1/2 games of the NL Central-leading Chicago Cubs, who lost 5-1 to Pittsburgh.

"Offensively, we did a heck of a job," manager Craig Counsell said.

Corbin Burnes (7-0), the seventh of nine Milwaukee pitchers, got two outs for the win, and Corey Knebel worked the ninth for his 16th save. With a runner on, Jose Martinez fouled off four two-strike pitches before taking a called third strike for the final out.

Chase Anderson was slated to start before Counsell announced Sunday that the team had decided to go with a bullpen game instead. Dan Jennings made his first career start and retired Matt Carpenter on a grounder to second before the left-hander was replaced by Freddy Peralta, beginning a parade of relievers for the Brewers.

"Props to everybody who came in behind me and the position players for getting it done," Jennings said. "That's a grind right there."

Martinez and Marcell Ozuna homered off Josh Hader in the rain, but St. Louis (87-70) was unable to close out a one-run lead. The Cardinals' advantage in the race for the second NL wild card was trimmed to a half-game over Colorado, which cruised to a 10-1 win over Philadelphia.

"It's not frustrating, at all," Martinez said. "We've got two games to win the series."

Thames has played sparingly this year with the Brewers in playoff contention. But Counsell sent him up to hit for Burnes in the eighth and he tripled past a sliding Martinez in right field with one out.

"Oh man, it felt amazing," Thames said.

After Mike Moustakas was intentionally walked, Norris (3-6) tried a pickoff throw that hit the baserunner before bounding away from first baseman Matt Carpenter.

"It was called from the dugout. ... A decent throw, but obviously crept in and got him and the ball bounced away," Norris said. "Just a tough break. Very unfortunate."

Thames scored easily and Yelich added an RBI double in the ninth as Milwaukee improved to 9-8 against St. Louis this season. Yelich, one of the top candidates for NL MVP, also walked and scored on Braun's bases-loaded walk as the Brewers scored two runs in the sixth without a hit, opening a 3-1 lead.

St. Louis staged a dramatic rally as the showers intensified on a soggy night at Busch Stadium.

Martinez led off the sixth with a drive to center for his 17th homer, sending a charge through the crowd of 36,508. After Paul DeJong walked, Ozuna put the Cardinals in front with a screaming liner just over the wall in center.

Hader had given up just six homers in 51 appearances this year, and none since Anthony Rizzo connected for the Cubs on Sept. 3.

But Milwaukee quickly answered. The Brewers loaded the bases with one out in the seventh against Jordan Hicks, and Keon Broxton scampered home with the tying run on Yelich's fielder's choice back up the middle.


Counsell said All-Star reliever Jeremy Jeffress was unavailable because of neck spasms. The right-hander is day to day.


Brewers: Hader was visited by Counsell and a trainer after he slipped while trying to pick off Harrison Bader at second. But Hader said after the game he was fine.

Cardinals: 2B Kolten Wong struck out swinging as a pinch hitter in his first appearance since he left Friday's 5-3 victory over San Francisco with cramps in both hamstrings. "It's definitely turned a corner," he said before the loss. "It feels a lot better today."


Brewers left-hander Gio Gonzalez (9-11, 4.28 ERA) and Cardinals left-hander Austin Gomber (6-1, 3.63) pitch on Tuesday night. Gonzalez is 2-0 with a 1.65 ERA in three starts since he was acquired in a trade with Washington on Aug. 31. Gomber is coming off a solid start at Atlanta, allowing one run in five innings for an 8-1 victory.

Here are Monday night's high school sports scores featuring local teams.


Fulton City 3, Lake County, TN (25-12, 25-9, 25-14)
Hickman County 3, Fulton County 0 (25-17, 25-11, 25-20)
Marshall County 3, Murray 0 (25-14, 25-14, 25-17)
Webster County 3, Trigg County 0 (25-23, 25-13, 25-13)